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Why a 9-year-old Girl Needs a Blue Light to Stay Alive
Brianna was born with a rare liver disease called Crigler-Najjar syndrome. When she was born, she was one of 52 people in the country to have been diagnosed with the condition. It means her liver doesn’t produce an enzyme that helps break down a by-product called bilirubin. If too much bilirubin builds up in her body, her skin and eyes turn yellow and she could lose her hearing, suffer brain damage and risk death. So Brianna, who is now 9, sleeps under blue phototherapy lights for eight to 12 hours each night to keep her bilirubin levels down and to stay alive.


Brianna's parents share her story, and E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains what bilirubin is and how phototherapy lights help treat Brianna's condition.


Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains how a liver transplant could provide a cure for Crigler-Najjar syndrome.



Meet Brianna, who teaches The Doctors some of her dance moves. Dancing helps relieve stress, which can trigger Brianna's symptoms.


Watch as The Doctors surprise Brianna, who dreams of one day becoming a pop star.


"Whatever it Would Take"
After Joey was born without legs because of a rare birth defect, his mother left him at the hospital in Romania and never returned. One day, Chrystal walked into the orphanage where Joey was and knew that she was meant to be his mother.

"I felt that when I walked into that orphanage and looked into his eyes, I recognized him, and he was mine," Chrystal said. "From that moment, whatever it would take to get him the life he needed was what I wanted to do."

Today, Joey is 20 and he's still walking on the prosthetic legs that he was fitted for when he was 8 years old. Meet Chrystal and Joey and hear how they are raising money for new adult prosthetics.

Wheelchair Artist
Tommy has been in a wheelchair since he broke his neck in a mountain bike accident and was paralyzed from the waist down.

Since then, he's learned to use his wheelchair to paint.

"I have a lot of physical pain that I go through, and when I'm in the studio, I don't feel any of that pain," he says.


Learn how Tommy's service dog, Weaver, first inspired him to start using his wheelchair as a paint brush. 


Watch as Dr. Sears helps Tommy demonstrate how he uses his wheelchair to create art.



See the artwork that Tommy created for The Doctors and learn why he calls the piece Find.


 

 
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